Sunday, September 16, 2018

Varmint super-race

I have been trapping and releasing varmints (mostly ground squirrels) for the last six months. I believe I am now left with a super race that's too smart to get trapped!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bat in the lightbulb

Might be a bit hard to see but I found a bat living in the lightbulb well of our outdoor patio lights. Here it is sans lightbulb. His home is now cleaned out and I'll put the bulb back this evening when he's away at work.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Elk on the Fall River

Breakfast alfresco with a 10-point and 12-point elk and the social media mass who are already bored.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Western Tanager

Finally got a decent pic of this Western Tanager. This is two weekends in a row I've seen him in my yard!

Western Tanager

Finally got a decent pic of this Western Tanager. This is two weekends in a row I've seen him in my yard!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Two-point buck

My two-point buck getting his morning drink. (Obviously, taken through a window so there's some glare.)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mojave rattlesnake

Nice plump Mojave (more venomous than a d-back) rattlesnake on my morning walk. It's so warm they're active in the early AM.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Finally a clear night! You can see Saturn, Pluto, of course, Jupiter and Venus and Mars is close  enough to the earth right now it looks like an airplane light! I was even able to snap a pic!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Coachwhip snake

The Tucson Herpetological Society helped me get a positive ID on this Coachwhip snake. It has unusual markings, but it definitely ACTED like a Coachwhip as it virtually vanished into the desert after posing for this photo.


The sleep of the innocent.

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Butterflies are out in full force now...there are four on this one blossom.

Western Tanager

Spotted a Western Tanager at the back fountain. He looked like he wanted to take a bath but couldn't quite figure out how.

Western Tanager (5658300604)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Horned lizard

Just yesterday, I was lamenting that I wished there were more lizards in the yard. Today, I see a Horned Lizard. First time sighting in my yard. 😊

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coach whip snake

Coach whip snake outside my window and gobbler of my baby birds (I assume 'cause they didn't survive three days. 😕) They are amazing snakes though.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

New snake

I don't know what this little guy is. I almost missed him hiding in the grass doing his snakey thing. Clearly, not venomous.

Desert tortoise.

First desert tortoise of the season. This guy was a little one compared to some I see around here...about the circumference of a cantelope.


She looks like she's just relaxing nearby...but what you don't see is her biting on the lamp, poking at the mail, and swatting at my computer cord.

Rainy day

Clouds hang over the canyons in the Catalinas. Rainy day in Tucson.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Watching an amazing monsoon light show from my balcony. This is way way better than fireworks!

Curve-billed Thrasher babies

And we have babies! If you look carefully at the close-up of the cholla, you'll see the mama Curve-billed Thrasher perched on the nest. A snake cleaned out the last they keep from getting skewered is beyond me...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Raven and rollerblade

My helper...she actually got her head stuck in there for a minute...

Rollerblade bake change

Right: Old rollerblade brake.
Left: New rollerblade brake.
A brake won't stop you on the hills I skate, but it does allow you to control the descent.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Little hummer

This little Broad-billed hummingbird couldn't course correct in time and he smacked into the window after being chased by another. I got him back on his way.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pincushion cactus 2018

Most people barely notice pincushion cacti until they burst into bloom after the first monsoon rains. I am always careful to walk around them. 😊

Friday, June 15, 2018